Search

London 2012: Finchley boxer Anthony Joshua fights his way into Olympic quarter-finals

23:43 01 August 2012

London

London's Anthony Joshua is going for glory in the boxing ring

Archant

Finchley’s super heavyweight Anthony Joshua emerged victorious from his first Olympic fight tonight, progressing into the quarter-finals after the narrowest of victories over Cuba’s Erislandy Savon.

World No3 Joshua, who started his sporting career at Finchley Boxing Club in 2008, was up against the World No4 in Savon – and the north Londoner triumphed by a single point, with the five judges scoring the contest 17-16 to the Brit after three three-minute rounds.

Joshua, 22, who lives in Golders Green, took the first round 6-5 against Savon, the nephew of the three-times Olympic champion Felix Savon.

The Cuban upped his efforts in the second round but Joshua doubled his lead at 14-12 at the end of the second period and, despite being rocked by a powerful combination with 30 seconds of the bout remaining, held on to win 17-16.

The No2 seed, who won the silver at the 2011 World Championships, said: “Cuba’s got good pedigree but GB’s on the rise as well and we’re putting Britain on the map.

“We were both whacking each other with shots, we kept fighting to the last bell and let the judges do the scoring.

“Savon’s a tidy boxer and, with that being my first Olympic fight, I think that will stand me in good stead. I’m glad to get it out of the way.”

Joshua will face China’s Zhilei Zhang in the last eight on Monday (11.15pm).

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

36 minutes ago
Evan Flowers hit 67 but North Middlesex were defeated by Ealing. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex suffered their first defeat of the season in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League after losing their top-of-the-table clash with Ealing.

Mon, 14:17
Highgate captain Jake Sharland batting against Kenton on Saturday. Pic: Max Flego

A sixth-wicket stand between Jake Sharland and Craig Gourlay proved crucial as Highgate triumphed over Kenton by 18 runs to maintain their 100 per cent record in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Mon, 06:40
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge hands the trophy to Mikel Arteta of Arsenal (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims midfielder Mikel Arteta will play a big part in the squad next season at the Emirates.

Mon, 06:10
David Ospina of Arsenal (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he is in no rush to sign a goalkeeper this summer as he has ‘the best in the league’ in David Ospina.

Most read sport

Competitions

Time to expand with the LeefiBRIDGE.

More iOS memory in a flash: Introducing Leef iBRIDGE.

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder